William Campbell Church

Captain Capt. W.C. Church, from a group photograph of Officers of 8th Scottish Rifles at training quarters, Falkirk, 1914. From J.M. Findlay, With the 8th Scottish Rifles, 1914-1919 (London: Blackie & Son Ltd, 1926) facing p.16
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st/8th Battalion No 2 Company
1913 Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 8th Battalion Cameronians on 16 May, promoted to Lieutenant on 23 Dec. 1914 Promoted to Captain on 17 July. 1915 The battalion mobilized for war and embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport via Mudros in May, and landed at Gallipoli on 14 June. [caption id="attachment_2486" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Church - map of front lines Map of the front lines, 28th June 1915, from 8th Bn the Cameronians War Diary[/caption]
c1882 Glasgow
Death28th June 1915
William Church was killed in action during the 28 June offensive at Gully Ravine, Gallipoli in which the 7th and 8th Cameronians suffered very heavy losses. Others lost that day included Lieut William Duff, Lieut Alexander Elliot, Captain Cecil Macindoe, Captain Charles Mowat, Second Lieutenant William Robertson
MemorialHelles Memorial, Panel 92 to 97
Son of Maj. W. R. M. Church (8th Bn. The Cameronians), of 104, West George St., Glasgow. Scottish Rugby International.
William R M Church (1854-1933) and Christina Ainsley (c1859- )
Chartered Accountant & Stockbroker
Reginald (1884-1923), Percival (c1886- ), Elizabeth (1891- ), Edith (c1902- )
Glasgow Academy Kelvinside Academy
Lilly Bank Gardens, Partick
2 Athole Gardens, Partick
2 Athole Gardens, Partick
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Beta Lair 85
Scottish National War Memorial Kelvinside Academy War Memorial Glasgow Academy War Memorial Scottish Rugby Union Memorial, Murrayfield, Edinburgh Wellington Church War Memorial
Church played rugby for Glasgow Academicals. He was capped for Scotland against Wales 3 February 1906. Scotland lost 3-9.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Museum, Hamilton, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), and Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk), Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org The Long, Long Trail - http://www.1914-1918.net/ Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com


Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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